Wish Upon A Star Blog Hop!

A huge thank you to Carol from Just Let Me Quilt for putting together and managing this amazing blog hop! This week has been awe-inspiring, going to each of these blogs and seeing how talented each of these quilters truly are.

Earlier in the year, National Quilters Circle had their first quilting challenge of the year, and the first challenge I have ever joined. It gave me some purpose and focus to expand the tiny amount of quilting knowledge I had. It was the Pleiades Star Quilt  by Gina Perkes of the Copper Needle. It lasted for 9 weeks. I made it for a straight 6 weeks before life got in the way. However, I did get those 6 weeks done, and I do have the other three waiting for me to finish. I swear it will get done! The one thing I swore to myself when I started this challenge was that I wouldn’t buy any fabric or it. I would use everything that I got in my stash acquired from FreeCycle.

Each week was a new challenge for me. The very first week taught me how to create flying geese (and there are so very many flying geese in star quilts!). The other weeks were lessons in how to sew (or not) on the bias, when it is best to use starch, what starch is best, and never, ever start using a new piecing foot in the middle of a project. The most important lesson was: never sew when you’re annoyed. You’ll end up using your seam ripper a lot more than you ever wanted to, which will then get you more annoyed. It’s a vicious cycle.

Here are the 6 stars I was able to complete during the weeks life didn’t get in the way:

The last lesson I learned about stars during the time of this challenge was: don’t ever be afraid to try something new because you’re a beginner. Just take it a moment at a time.

Because of that lesson, I joined a group to make stars out of autumn themed fabric. Autumn is absolutely my favorite season. It’s not too hot, not too cold, and….there’s pumpkin spice! Here are a few of the stars I have been able to make for that group:

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking for a new challenge for quilting, National Quilting Circle just came out with a new 9 week challenge called the Lexington Sampler quilt starting yesterday on the 24th. I think perhaps this time I will buy specific fabric for it to keep the color scheme not quite so….random.

Here are the rest of the amazing quilting stars in the Wish Upon A Star Blog Hop from this past week:

May 21

Moose Stash Quilting

Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

Quilt In A Not-Shell

What About Rheema?

Clever Chameleon Quilting

Sunlight in Winter Quilts

Life in the Scrapatch

Sew Many Yarns

Hazel’s Daughter

 

May 22

Want To Be Quilter

Cynthia’s Creating Ark

Selina Quilts

Ridge Top Quilt

Creative Blonde

Days Filled With Joy

Seams To Be Sew

Lily Patch Quilts

Why-Knot-Kwilt

 

May 23

Marjorie’s Busy Corner

Quilt Doodle Designs

Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Vroomans Quilts

Peanut’s Patchwork

Ms P Designs USA

The Little Mushroom Cap

Stitchin At Home

That Fabric Feeling

 

May 24

Kathy’s Quilts

It’s A T-Sweet Day!

Freckled Fox Quiltery

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Melva Loves Scraps

Beaquilter

Quilting Nonnie

Den syende himmel

All Thingz Sewn

 

May 25

Creatin’ in the Sticks

For the love of geese

Words & Stitches

Quarter Inch Crafter

Quilt Fabrication

Seacoast Quilter

Home Sewn By Us

Kathleen McMusing

Just Let Me Quilt

This Post Has 30 Comments

  1. I like the name of your blog!! I really like the six locks you made in the 9 week quilt program – you will get the others finished. You are off to a great start. I’m not a fan of autumn colors and I might change my mind after seeing your awesome autumn inspired star blocks. They really rock. Thanks for all the inspiration. Thanks for participating in the hop, too.

  2. Looks like you are doing well with your stars, great job.

  3. Your stars look great and I hope you do finish the remaining three.

  4. Good Morning,
    Well you sure have come a long way since those classes at Joann’s! The quilting challenge you followed sounds really interesting and valuable. I love some of the blocks you made! And your Fall stars will make a pretty table runner or larger quilt – whatever you choose.
    Happy Friday! ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. The lessons you learned in those six lessons sound like great advice, especially “never sew when you’re angry” because that never works out well for me. Looking at all the different stars you created amazed me. Every one of them looked gorgeous, Krystyn! Once you put it all together, you will have a beautiful quilt…don’t give up on it! Thanks for playing along with this hop and adding a bright spot to my day!

  6. Really pretty stars! They will make a lovely quilt or wall hanging when you get them together. Keep on working at them–you are doing great so far! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Sometimes random colors turn a quilt into the most treasured. My favorite quilt was one my grandmother made from random clothing scraps, cotton and poly, you name it she had it in there. I don’t know what ever happen to the actual quilt but it was and is my all time favorite.

  8. Great stars! They sure take some practice, don’t they? I had to try three or four times to get my little blue star to fit right. Thanks for the tip on the Lexington Sampler. I’ll have to check it out.

  9. your stars are wonderful. you are so right about not being afraid to try something new. this is how we as quilters learn and grow and have fun. this is how we find what we really like. good for you

  10. Every block is gorgeous and these look like great skill builder blocks. Great stars!

  11. You learned many lessons in those weeks plus have a good start on your quilt. I learned something new from reading your post–use starch when sewing on the bias. I will have to be more conscious of that. I’m sure it makes a difference. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Your blocks are great and good way to learn new techniques and the one that works the best for you.

  13. Awwww…words to stitch by I see! And darn good advise. Your on your way to a star studded future with your blocks though. I personally love the random fabrics and the scrappy look they give.

  14. great stars

  15. Those six blocks are wonderful, love the purple and blues. And autumn colours are delightful.

  16. It does sound like there were some valuable lessons taught. The stars look beautiful.

  17. I love how your blocks turned out and I admire your bravery. I’ve been quilting for years and I don’t know if I would have taken some of them on. Great job and I’m sure those last 3 blocks will be wonderful.

  18. I like your six completed stars. The middle one in the bottom row is one I’ve made several times, always with happy results. The Sawtooth star at the end is also terrific. Beautiful fall fabric!

  19. Wonderful stars! You are on the way to becoming a master!

  20. I love your autumn themed stars. They are so pretty.

    1. Thank you so much!

    1. What a bummer that it ate your first comment! I hate when it does that to me. My best advice is to find what you are passionate about and write about that. Put yourself out on social media. Find others that are blogging about the same stuff.

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